Respect the cape!
"Then he looked over at me, and y'know what he said? "You can't handle the cape." And he took it! He took my cape, Skeets! Do you
know how it feels when Superman tells you you can't handle a cape? Not good..."
Capes have the obvious effect of making the wearer look larger and more imposing. Thus artists often use them as a way to make characters look Badass
. Just look at Batman
over there. He wouldn't look half as awesome without his cape.
The reasons for this are many. The color might provide a fetching counterpoint to the rest of their clothes, or else blend with them to give the wearer a dynamic silhouette. It may make them look even bigger than they really are. In the right conditions they can wave in the wind
and look dramatic and striking. Lack of wind can be accommodated with a Cape Swish
But the main reason for this is that in the days of circuses, the strongmen often wore tights and a cape, thus the association with toughness in characters. The trope was then grandfathered into the present day by Superheroes
This can apply to any character, whether it be a hero, sidekick, villain, and it doesn't even have to be a superhero setting.
This can also count if the actual capes have some sort of abilities. Thus the capes themselves are badass.
Often overlaps with Superheroes Wear Capes
, All-Encompassing Mantle
. Does not necessarily overlap with The Cape
. May be used as an Improvised Parachute
, but contrast Cape Snag
Compare Badass Long Robe
, Badass Longcoat
, Black Cloak
, Scarf of Asskicking
, Caped Mecha
, Ominous Opera Cape
, Pimped Out Cape
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Anime & Manga
- Sayaka in Puella Magi Madoka Magica wears a white cape when in her mahou shoujo form, in keeping with her "Hero of Justice" schtick. She still dons one after she becomes a Witch.
- Nakago in Fushigi Yuugi wears something very similar to a cape
- Sawada Tsunayoshi of Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, courtesy of his Cool Pet Natsu/Nuts.
- Said cape was based on the one used by the founder, Vongola Primo.
- Ganpachi in Ultimate Teacher.
- The Quincy in Bleach have white capes except for The Emperor of the Vandenreich Yhwach who wears a black one.
- In SaintSeiya most of the higher rank characters wear a cape above their armor (clothes), the most prominent examples being the Gold Saints and Poseidon's Marine generals.
- In Magic Knight Rayearth, the final evolution of the girls' armor (which is no longer uniform but themed to their particular Mashin) gains a very long cape. Although Part II gives them a basic matching armor again, they transform into their caped outfits whenever they use the Mashin.
- Kurogane of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle sports one from time to time as part of his default Ninja attire.
- Maria Cadenzavna Eve from Senki Zesshou Symphogear G has a black cape that she uses as a weapon and it can alter its size. The cape is also a manifestation of her inner weakness and it deflects attacks.
- Kunzite in Sailor Moon, the only one of the Four Kings to wear a cape. It's never remarked upon, but it looks cool. All four Kings wear them in their "Endymion's Guardians" incarnations in the manga.
- In Legend of Galactic Heroes, Reinhard starts wearing one when promoted to the rank of fleet admiral, as it's part of their outfit both during the Goldenbaum Dinasty and the change of uniforms at the onset of Reinhard's Goldenlöwe Dynasty. Also, Galactic Empire founder Rudolph the Great started wearing one after becoming emperor, with some emperors imitating him and Reinhard wearing his cape in his style during his tenure as fleet admiral Foreshadowing his eventual take-over.
- Many characters wears one in Fist of the North Star, but Raoh's take the top spot, as in one occasion it was crucial into saving his life: Rei has launched an attack that would have killed Raoh at the price of exposing himself to a deadly counterattack, and Raoh foiled him by throwing the cape on his face and landing a killing blow while he was distracted.
- Like the Real Life wrestlers he inspired, Tiger Mask wears a tiger striped cape before jumping in the ring (but not on the ring: he knows it would be an indrance and that some opponents would try and kill him with it). In the manga the cape becomes Badass on his own on two occasions: before his last match in Tiger's Cave underground fighting ring Tiger Mask had the savvyness to fill it with dynamite sticks, so when he had to face the bouncers to save Kamikaze's son he neutralized their guns by simply showing them that (they then attacked him with knives, and learned the hard way they weren't no match for him); and during the Heel World Championship the cape saved him from getting set on fire (Dick The Bruiser had thrown a bucket of petrol on him from behind, soaking both cape and part of Tiger Mask's body, and then a lit cigar. Tiger Mask caught it with the cape, thus avoiding getting set on fire on the spot, and then applied that part of his training where he wore a petrol-soaked sweather that was then set on fire to get rid of the petrol on his body and put off the cape just enough for him to be safe to grab it for use as a weapon).
- Cloak from Cloak & Dagger, of course, is a cloak rather than a cape. In fact he's nothing but a cloak. He's also otherworldly, dark, and conflicted.
- Spawn. The cape even has a life of its own!
- Not to mention a name and even a tribe: Leetha of the Seventh Tribe of K. She is the entire outfit, the cape being only one of her bodyparts.
- Spider-Man: Mysterio usually has a purple cape to go with his 'fishbowl' and green outfit, which both helps negate the cheesiness of the headgear and let him look more, well, mysterious. He's also got things attached to hold it on that have eyes on them.
- Spider-Man 2099 even has a cape with a tattered webbing motif. It's not just for looks - he can glide with it, despite it being maybe three square feet of fabric.
- According to Asterix, the ancient world considered red capes as indicators of office...Vitalstatistix, Getafix, Caesar, and Cacofonix (plus any visiting druid or chieftain) was hardly seen without such.
- Batman wore his cape this way long before it was popular.
- Superman duh. Not so much badass as just plain awesome, though. Plus, in some incarnations, it's said that the entire planet of Krypton wore badass capes.
- The Martian Manhunter usually sports an impressive cape. He can't be said to wear it because it, like all his clothes, is a part of his body, justifying why it never gets caught on anything.
- In Johnny Saturn, imposing characters such as Utopian and Tactical have badass capes. Elect, the original superhero, wears a cape over a cloak! Of course, he is the source for a great many characters in the Johnny Saturn/Spire City World.
- Phantom Lady wears a green one that contrasts her bright yellow bathing suit. Pretty badass, if not much for stealth.
- The Demon Etrigan wears a cape that gets extra cool points for being tattered and ripped on the ends.
- Storm from X-Men most of the time. Her capes are usually also attached to her bracelets, to the point where it's practically a definitive piece of her design. Since her flight powers are based on wind, the cape presumably helps provide lift.
- V from V for Vendetta. He's so badass, he's an anarchist.
- Quasar, who is effectively Marvel's Green Lantern. His cape, it's full of stars...
- Even Donald Duck can look bad-ass in a cape, as he proved in Paperinik New Adventures. In his more dramatic moments, you can sense the inspiration from the Batman himself.
- The Mighty Thor usually wears a big red cape.
- As did Doctor Strange, with the added cool factor that the cape granted flight powers.
- As well as DC equivalent Doctor Fate. Both Fate and Strange's capes are often shown billowing about as though they're enchanted to fluctuate in size and length, which is likely for both characters.
- Of course, one of the most famous cape-wearers in comicdom is Doctor Doom. The golden cape clasps he wears suggest it really is a cape rather than a cloak, and that the hood is not in fact part of it.
- Subverted in Watchmen, where Hollis Mason recounts that Dollar Bill's cape got him killed: It was caught in a revolving door when he tried to prevent a bank robbery, making him an easy target for the gun-toting robbers. What makes it even more tragic is that the costume was designed by people sponsoring him for public appeal. Mason speculated that if he designed it himself he may have realized how bad an idea it was.
- He also considered wearing one himself when he first became a masked vigilante, but found it got in the way.
- Oddly, both Captain Metropolis and Hooded Justice wore capes easily twice the length of Dollar Bill's, yet never seemed to suffer any consequences.
- In Fables there's the Witching Cloak, which makes its wearer all but invulnerable, is (nearly) indestructible itself, and allows its wearer to teleport anywhere (even between worlds), carry huge loads, and change form.
- Mister Miracle has a large green cape. The original MM costume was that of a circus performer, which explains its presence, but when Scott Free took up the mantle, his cape was for more than just looks. It's been an Improvised Parachute and a portable shield and shelter against all sorts of attacks. Its size means that it can be wrapped around the wearer (and maybe another person or two) to provide all-round protection if needed.
- The Master of Magnetism, Magneto, rocks an imposing purple/red cape in almost every incarnation.
- It seems that this is genetic; both of his magical descendants (His daughter, Scarlet Witch, and his grandson, Wiccan) rock dark-red cloaks/capes. (Wiccan's is a badass tattered cloak)
- The Sentry wears a blue cape that tends to billow dramatically.
- In Donjon, there is the Cloak of Fate - not so much a cape as a sort of robe, a rather worn-looking thing covered in a garish skull motif, which however is completely indestructible and shields its wearer from all harm.
- Zita The Spacegirl. The title character isn't a superhero, but the cape is part of an outfit she acquires shortly after being transported to an alien planet.
- Inverted in With Strings Attached. To hide his permanent metamorphosis into a muscular winged demigod, John gets a magical cloak that makes him look like his skinny normal self. It's mostly a pain in the ass for him, as it snags on things, it's hot, and it gets smelly.
- Gadget Hackwrench's twin sister Widget from The Nowakverse, introduced as the "Gray Mouse" in Under the Bridge, wears a black cape to conceal her mechanical left arm.
- Child Of The Storm has Thor, wearing his classic red cape.
- Doctor Strange wears one which, combined with his Glowing Eyes in his first two onscreen appearances (as himself), adds to his eerie persona.
- Wanda Maximoff wears one, which billows dramatically during her first on screen appearance - backlit by a pillar of flame which starts tearing through an Army of the Dead.
- Sleeping Beauty: Maleficient. She's in a setting where a cape would be justified. But what she has is so over-the-top it gives her a Crowning Moment of Awesome but Impractical every time she moves.
- As a result of Dracula (1931), capes tend to be a stereotypical item for a vampire to wear. Thank you, Bela Lugosi.
- In France, the name for swashbuckling films is "films de cape et d'épée", literally "cape and sword movie", referring to the two essentials ingredients of the genre.
- The Mysterians wore capes along with their bitchin' motorcycle helmets. When earth scientists visited their domed spaceship, they were presented with capes as well to accomodate "temperature and atmospheric differences" (i.e., its cold).
- Lampshaded in Love at First Bite: "It's the cape. Chicks dig the cape."
- Star Wars: Darth Vader. That is all.◊
- In ''The Return of the King'' Aragorn eschews the Badass Longcoat he's been wearing for the whole trilogy for some kingly armour and a long, black-and-red cape.
- Before that, he spent much of the adventure wearing an elven cloak like the rest of the Fellowship, but the cape on his King of Gondor getup is much more badass.
- Before Batman, Superman or virtually anybody else...Zorro!
- Etienne Navarre of Ladyhawke is the film's unequivocal hero, yet dresses like a stereotypical villain. Naturally, he looks extremely badass in his ensemble, and sports a magnificent flowing black cape with red lining to complete the look.
- Dollars Trilogy: The Man With No Name's poncho is the definite western example.
- The capes in Thor were specifically designed with badass billowing in mind, and it shows.
- The Incredibles Deconstructs the Badass Cape trope by painting them as Awesome but Impractical. There's a surprisingly large number of supers who got killed because their cape snagged on something including Syndrome at the end of the movie.
- Man of Steel: Seems to be standard issue for Kryptonians of high rank as Jor-El, Zod and Faora are seen wearing some. And, of course, there's Superman himself.
- Zod gets a special mention for his fur cape.
- In The Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman's cape isn't just for making him look imposing. Made of a special "memory cloth" that can form ridgid shapes when electrified, Batman uses it as a hangglider (of sorts).
- Magneto's in the X-Men films, as part of his supervillain outfit.
- Weaponized in The Adventures of Tintin with pirate captain Red Rackham; in his Out of the Inferno introduction his cape catches fire, so he uses it against Sir Francis Haddock.
- In Dracula Untold, Vlad's Armor features a bright red cape that he wears during his climb to the Elder Vampire's Tomb.
- The eponymous Mistborn of the Mistborn trilogy wear these. They have all sorts of nifty adaptions that just make them so freaking awesome. They are the status symbol of the 'verse.
- In Soon I Will Be Invincible, supervillain Dr Impossible admits that his cape gets in the way during the inevitable fight scene, and is uncomfortable in hot weather, but feels that the psychological advantage imparted by a dramatically billowing cape outweighs the disadvantages.
- Erast Fandorin often wears a cape. It's nothing extraordinary, really; this is late 19th century Russia. Still, notable for the movie version of State Chancellor, wherein he uses said cape to catch bullets.
- Dragaera's Morrolan e'Drien. Vlad thinks he just wears it to look cool, and frankly, he's probably right.
- Wardens in The Dresden Files have gray cloaks as their uniform, and dear god can they be Bad Ass.
- This is even more cool because they are enchanted so that they never become stained or dirty, including the mention that blood splattered on the cloaks during combat just flows off the fabric. This means that no matter how hard or dirty the fight, a Warden's cloak of office is always recognizable to ensure their authority.
- Pontius Glaw from Eisenhorn, in his final "form", wears a cape so badass it's made of many, many small blades. When a Redshirt gets in the way of the cape, he... crumbles. Sort of.
- John C. Wright's Mists of Everness features two instances of this: Azrael de Gray, also referred to as "That crazy guy in the pimp outfit," and Pendrake, who either wears this or an especially floaty Badass Longcoat.
- Deconstructed in Simon R. Green's Hawk and Fisher novels, where the Badass Battle Couple are obliged to wear capes as part of their Watch uniforms; however, Hawk hates his because it gets in the way during fights. He puts up with wearing one for Fisher's sake, but seizes any plausible opportunity to "accidentally" abandon or destroy his (smothering fires, ditching it when it's pinned to the wall by a crossbow bolt, etc). A subversion, as going capeless doesn't diminish Hawk's Badass Quotient one bit.
- In Starfighters of Adumar, Red Flight ends up wearing Adumari clothing and Wes Janson, the showman of the group, goes with a massive cape with glowing nebulous shapes on it. Later, in a fight, he whips it off and uses it to entangle his opponent's weapon, later grousing that he liked that cape. His friend assures him that they'll find him something even more flashy.
- In The Shattered World, Kan Konar the cloakfighter is a Badass because of his cape. His fighting style is one that traditionally employs the cloak as both a weapon and a defense: it's got razor-sharp bone shards in its hems, blinding-bright phoenix feathers concealed in its lining, and a strangling-cord clasp. And that's just the start of what it's good for.
- Luke Cahill of The 39 Clues gets one of these after he begins work as a royal advisor. It has no special powers, but adds to his menacing appearance.
- The eponymous Cape of Mandator from Dennis Jürgensen's book. It holds a pocket dimension in its folds!
- In Legacy The Tale Of The American Eagle it is standard fare for St. Theodore's protectors American Eagle and Sparrow, with the added benefit of being able to harden into a glider through use of electrical currents and smart fabric.
- In Shadowboy, Jack wears one, though the wind doesn't always cooperate.
- In Shadowdemon, Jack (and his cape) make a return appearance.
Live Action TV
- The hero of NBC's The Cape, naturally.
- Those who grew up on the Power Rangers will remember the Magna Defender from Power Rangers Lost Galaxy who had this and an awesome horned helmet along with a Cool Sword and pump action energy rifle/shotgun.
- The Magna Defender could also count as a Legacy Character in series, the season was in anyway.
- What, no love for Power Rangers Mystic Force? Six of them had capes in ranger form and the core five had them as part of their team uniforms.
- In the Mork and Mindy episode 'Watcher of Earth,' an alien named Xerko came to Earth and challenged Mork to a battle. Before the battle, he put on a Badass Cape... only to tear it off in an exaggerated twirl.
- The Third Doctor from Doctor Who
- A lot of characters in Game of Thrones wear them, including the Kingsguard, the Night's Watch, and a lot of characters from the North. Robb Stark stands out in particular, being a peerless general who wears a magnificent fur-lined cape in almost all of his scenes. He even dies wearing a particularly elegant one.
- The Northmen have even an iconic style of capes and cloaks secured by belts crossing on chest. Nowadays, when you see these X-belts, you immediately think "Game of Thrones!".
- Xena has one in her debut trilogy in Hercules The Legendary Journey, its gone by the time her proper starts perhaps because it looked too villianous.
- The episode "Kicking Bishop Brennan up the Arse" in Father Ted has Bishop Brennan storming the house with his cape billowing excessively behind him after he recovers from a shock and realises that Ted kicked him earlier.
- The video for Pink Floyd's song 'High Hopes' features … well, you can't doubt that cape's epic. Anyone know how they were able to keep cranes and such out of the shot? There's NO way that guy could walk in that thing without some help.
- Doctor Steel is sometimes seen wearing a black PVC cape.
- Ichiro Mizuki singing "Ima ga Sono Toki Da" "CHANGE GETTER!!"
- One of Manannan Mac Lir's magical items In Celtic Mythology is a cloak of mists which could make the wearer invisible, or make sure that two people would never meet again.
- In the relatively early days of the National Wrestling Alliance, Baron Karl von Schober often paraded around in a cape.
- Jushin Thunder Liger, being an animated superhero turned professional wrestler and all. That, and being a shameless attempt to replicate the success of Tiger Mask (which he did).
- Path Finder in AAA has one for his entrance attire, as does Ultimo Dragon in the same promotion and the Toryumon system, which started in Mexico.
- ECW's superhero and "innovator of offense" Nova.
- The Undertaker took up a cape during his "Ministry Of Darkness" phase.
- The Hurricane and Mighty Molly, by virtue of being superheroes of The Cape variety. At least until Molly turned on Hurricane to take his hardcore championship.
- Generalissimo Takada, lead his Monster Army against Fighting Opera Hustle with his overwhelming charisma, unparalleled super powers, incomprehensible wealth, Cool Shades and a spiffy cape.
- Austin Aries started taking one up in Chikara, as did The Colony.
- Wrestling savant Eugene at times decided not to emulate his favorite wrestlers, but to be Superman, and thus wore a cape.
- In LEGO Star Wars, Jedi minifigs are often depicted with capes instead of their usual cloaks. Obviously this is because a cape is a lot easier to depict in Lego form.
- Grant from Garou: Mark of the Wolves is a hulking Karateka who sports a cape.
- While the original Sequel Hook in Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ showed the main characters of Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep with this trope added to their armor. However, due to the fact that having them in the game proper would have caused lag during co-op play, they didn't appear there.
- The PS3 version on the second HD rerelease collection has Terra's armor to suddenly gain it's cape at the end of the final battle of BBS, allowing it to retain in in the bonus battle in KH 2 HD without causing a continuity error.
- Super Robot Wars Original Generation gives us
the Aussenseiter Trombe, a giant robot with an equally giant Badass Cape. One of its' attacks involves ripping the cape off and throwing it at an enemy to conceal their vision before blowing them away with its' twin hand cannons.
- The Vysaga also wears one, complete with plenty of dramatic swirling and whatnot.
- Mario in Super Mario World has a cape that allows him to fly, and which can be used to deflect projectiles in Super Smash Bros..
- Magus in Chrono Trigger wears a cape that looks really cool when he levitates.
- Flea, on the other hand...
- Several characters across the Mega Man series sport these, such as Sigma and Bass.EXE.
- Legacy of Kain has both Kain, who in his Elder form wears his red symbol cape tied across his chest, and Raziel who, in a gruesome variation of the trope, has the remains of his ruined bat-wings hanging off his back.
- Practically every Lord character in Fire Emblem has one, with few exceptions. There doesn't seem to be any particular purpose behind them, save for aesthetics.
- Meta Knight of the Kirby series wears one that can turn into bat wings.
- RuneScape has a variety of normal capes that every player can wear, but there are some special ones that stand out, like the Fire cape which is made out of lava and has its own animation, and is given to players who beat the second hardest boss in the entire game. Also it has the Skill capes, given to players who max the level in any skill, which has the ability to increase the skill level of the player who operates it to 100 temporarily, and come with their own emote.
- Demon King Nobunaga in Sengoku Basara. He even uses it to attack people.
- Ezio in Assassin's Creed 2 has a cape that actually does something - it decreases his notoriety so he doesn't get in near as much trouble with the law.
- Other capes include the Plain Cape which is just for looks and then there's the Medici Cape which sets infamy to 0 when you're in Florence or Tuscany; there's also another cape for Venice. Those three are all gotten at various points in the story. There are also, apparently two "secret" capes: one you only get during some festival; and the Auditore Cape, rewarded at the end of the Feather sidequest, which does the opposite of the others (that is, infamy is set to max in all cities).On a more practical note, it also helps to conceal most of his weaponry when he's walking in public.
- Many Final Fantasy characters love their capes, hero and villain alike. More prominent in the earlier games which took place in medieval settings with Yoshitaka Amano as the designer, once Final Fantasy VII hit and the series shifted to a modern setting designed by Tetsuya Nomura, the characters prefer to use Badass Longcoats. However, capes still appear.
- Most noticeable in Dissidia: Final Fantasy, where every character from Final Fantasy VI and earlier has some sort of cape in at least one of their outfits. The most Badass Cape arguably belongs to Golbez of Final Fantasy IV — it's so large it passes into All-Encompassing Mantle, whirls, flares and flaps in the air with every movement he makes, and his block and intro animations are Cape Swishes.
- And for downloadable content, Cloud and Zidane don capes, Cloud's from Kingdom Hearts, Zidane from the finale of his own game. Cloud's Kingdom Hearts cape is so badass its become an Iconic Outfit.
- Odin also sports one whenever he appears.
- Given the 'strongman' description above, is it any surprise to hear that Street Fighter's Zangief has an opening animation where he starts standing shrouded in a cape, then flings it away?
- M. Bison wears a cape as well, which he sometimes wears during actual fights.
- Utsuho from Touhou is a nuclear powered hell raven that wears a starry night cape over her wings. Fellow Final Boss Byakuren also wears a cape, if a considerably less mind-bending one. Then there's Wriggle, but, as a stage one boss, she's not exactly badass, with the cape mearly standing in for her insect wings.
- From PC-98 land is Yumemi Okazaki, who wears a black and red cape.
- Sekibanki wears a red cape and mantle large enough to obscure the tenuous connection between her head and neck.
- Toyosatomimi no Miko wears one in Hopeless Masquerade.
- Batman: Arkham Asylum. Not only does it look badass, it lets you glide, either to cover ground quickly or to kick someone in the face and you can slap someone in the face with it to stun them.
- Big Bad vampire Night of Wallachia from the Type-Moon fighting game Melty Blood uses his cape as his primary weapon.
- The Colonels of the Pigmask Army in Mother 3 wear an 'Awesome Cloak' that Lucas can equip if they drop it after battle.
- At low and middle levels, the capes in World of Warcraft often adhere to this trope; the longer the cape, the more badass the wearer is likely to be (as long capes can't be worn by low-level characters).
- The Dragon-type trainers in the Pokémon games, most notably Lance, have a predilection for these. Lance seems to be able to make his billow at will.
- Blue has a cape in his champion sprite for Pokémon Red and Blue but lacks it in the remakes. Capes, and clothing that can act like capes (such as Cynthia's jacket), seems to be common place for champions as most are depicted with them.
- Gallade gains one of these when it Mega Evolves in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- Ghetsis from the Gen V games.
- Nearly every tier 3 promoted character in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn have capes. The ones that don't have capes have long flowing robes or coats, both of which behave like capes anyway.
- Valvatorez from Disgaea 4 has one.
- Ganondorf in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
- While you could never get a good look at it, Dr. Robotnik in the 16-bit Sonic the Hedgehog games sported a yellow cape like Mario's.
- In Immortal Souls, Desmond has a long red one attached to his Power Armor, seemingly as a marker of him being the leader of his otherwise identically-armored Knights Templar.
- In Malicious, your badass rune-inscribed cape is also your weapon, as it can shapeshift into a bunch of different forms such as fists, swords, wings and more.
- The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang: Spike's main attack is his cape, which he spins around to whack enemies. If he spins too much at once, he starts to spin out of control and creates a massively damaging vortex - although it leaves him dizzy and vulnerable for a few seconds.
- Star Stealing Prince has The Original King, the Big Bad and Final Boss of the game, who wears an Eldritch Abomination as a cape.
- Persona 4 Arena has Akihiko Sanada, who seems to have traded his shirt for a cape at some point on his worldwide training expedition.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic. Although not quite as common as the Badass Long Robe, there is quite a lot of gear that feture these. They're generally meant for the Force using classes, but some are moddable so with a little effort, even a smuggler or soldier could wear these.
- In A Witchs Tale, friendly vampire Loue has one, though it's more pronounced in CGs and the Bonus Boss fight with him.
- Gades, the Sinistral of Destruction, wears one in Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals and Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals.
- Dekar's concept art depicts him wearing a cape. He doesn't get one in-game in Lufia II, but does in Lufia The Ruins Of Lore.
- The members of the Society of the Free Mind in An Epic Comic wear these with the symbol on the back.
- Eridan Ampora of Homestuck sports a rather badass purple cape, complete with High Collar of Doom, as well as a rather badass scarf. He was introduced shooting a giant white whale with Ahab's Crosshairs while riding a flying seahorse.
- Orphaner Dualscar, Eridan's ancestor, takes this Up to Eleven. Just look at him.
- Later Dave gets one, after ascending to God Tier.
- Tower of God: Rak Wraithraiser. Not that a 4m bipedal alligator with a 5m spear would need an imposing red cape.
- Quinn-Tain in Harkovast wears a dramatically flowing, dark red cape.
- Redcloak from The Order of the Stick is named after his.
- Also popular with bards, General Tarquin, and the paladins of the Sapphire Guard.
- Coga Suro: Steve seems fond of using a cape in his superhero persona; two out of his three costumes have featured one. The first costume's cape was once used to help entangle an opponent.
- In Moon Crest 24, Drake and Derek both wear red capes. However, Derek's is all worn and ragged and he stops wearing it as his whole vampire uniform gets trashed and then frozen in time.
- Waterworks: Connie makes herself a cape from a towel. Oh yeah. Now you're a hero.
- Burk of Hero Oh Hero is introduced wearing one of these (and using it as a parachute, no less). It sadly becomes a "casualty of war" later.
- Mars from Nebula has one, which is constantly billowing dramatically despite the lack of wind in space.
- In Bad Machinery after a 10-Minute Retirement Lottie decides to mark her return by trading in her puffer jacket for a cape. The dramatic effect is somewhat marred by it being a blanket tied around her neck, but it is long and black.
- Sailor Nothing has the Dark Generals wear black opera capes, although their originals in Sailor Moon wore reasonably practical military uniforms.
- Shroud, in the Whateley Universe. But she's animated matter, so she can really make her cape billow, since it's part of her.
- Madras, from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, had telekinetic control over cloth (and only over cloth), so he wore a costume that included a ten-foot long cape made of canvas. And he used it as a weapon.
- Ruby, of the titular RWBY group, wears a beautiful, insanely long red cape that would be very difficult to walk with in Real Life (to the frustration of many cosplayers.) It's okay, though, because the series' setting runs on Rule of Cool and there's a lot of Dramatic Wind in her trailer to make said cape flap around and look pretty. She even wears it with her school uniform, which nobody comments on.
- The very first post of Ask Gaming Princess Luna has the titular character pull this off.
- Several superpowered individuals in Worm wear capes (surprisingly few, given that one term for superpowered individuals is "cape"). Most of them are either notably powerful or otherwise "deserving" of the cape (such as Eidolon), but others (including Skidmark) are pointedly not. At one point, Taylor notes that few capes can actually "pull off" wearing a cape.
- The title character of Cybersix wears a long, flowing one that dramatically blows behind her while she's Roof Hopping during the night.
- Vampyro of Wakfu has a very valuable self-flapping cape.
- Darkwing Duck considers this a basic part of being a crimefighter, along with his hat and mask.
- Parodied in Fairly OddParents. Dark Laser tries to lure Timmy to the side of evil and one of his arguments is that he gets to wear a cape and that "chicks dig the cape". Laser himself also does look much more menacing with his cape.
- Don't forget Timmy's hero look from the special "Abra-Catastrophe!"
- Deconstructed in The Incredibles, along with many other superhero tropes. Edna points out the inherent danger of dragging a long cloth behind you in rather gruesome ways.
- Syndrome's death is caused by his cape, reminiscent of Strato-Girl's.
- SWAT Kats villain Dark Kat has a huge cape.
- In Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders many characters are wearing capes, but only the baddie, Lady Kale, has a truly badass one: huge, flowing in dramatic wind and motion, and used by her in a theatrically evil manner. (Not so much badass when it lands over her head, though.)
- In ThunderCats (2011) Big Good King Claudus wears a black and silver cape that billows in every Sword Fight.
- Quick Draw McGraw's alter ego, El Kabong, wears a black cape. Sometimes a mask, sometimes not.
- On the debut episode of Beetlejuice, we first see Lydia riding her bike home wearing a blue-green cape. Not so much badass as it was rather adorable.
- Gaius Julius Caesar always put on his red cape before going to battle himself.
- Players in the NFL wear capes in cold weather. Easier to put on and off with all the gear, but Rule of Cool also has something to do with it.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt wore capes to accomodate and/or camouflage his braces and wheelchair, but the coolness of the total effect is not to be denied.